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This is a study guide This study guide is used for explaining Beowulf and all of its quirks We know the scop that composed the poem was in the 8th century but we also know that they didnt worship Christianity in the time the guy had thought about it So how did it get there This paper will help explain that The genre of this story is an epic poem Although its is written in blank verse Composed in the anglo-saxon period 8th cent it was not written down until a much later date It was first written down by a Christian monk and given Christian influnces There are still Paganistic ideas in the story although written by a Christian scribe One of these ideas is this Hammered by giants strong and blessed with magic line 531-532 From most peoples understanding there is no such thing as giants in the Christian beliefs or magic for that matter Yet Christian influence was imposed by this God who sent him victory gave judgment 525 Paganistic religion is a polytheistic one and a single god just doesnt exist These pairs of line are very unique It seems that after every paragraph religious belief switch back and forth between the two at hand Although religious beliefs fail to remain a constant without both the story would have lacked a lot of detail Both religions were needed to create a good story out of this epic Also if you think about the Christian influence on this epic the battles with grendel and the dragon also become some what of a crusade to help to good people of the lord The references put out by Beowulf in the story about his faith in god and love of his country are key With them it shows that he really isnt just on a journey for fame but yet a good reason to bring god to the people and show that he
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